Following his selection as a TeachSDGs Ambassador (2019 Cohort) by the TeachSDGs Organization (an organization aligned with the UN to serve the SDGs through education,) Divine Kpe in an interview with Pan African TV advocates for equipping teachers with the knowledge about the SDGs and how to integrate them in their teaching.
Mr. Kpe indicates that, teaching the children about the SDGs will broaden their understanding of global issues and challenges that face humanity and the world, and how they as children can be integral part in solving these challenges.
He added that, when teaching is tailored at the SDGs, it ensures that teaching and learning is not done in isolation as a process of acquiring knowledge, but rather, students are able to relate what they learn to issues affecting them in their communities, country and the world at large.
“Integrating the SDGs in teaching is a way to develop critical teaching students and problem solvers. It offers the children proper understanding of what is taught in the classroom and what is happening in the real world. When students can relate what they learn in a subject to real life issues, they first of all have proper understanding of what they study and secondly, they can apply what they learn in solving problems around them,” he said.
He called on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to work on equipping teachers with knowledge about the SDGs and how they can be integrated in teaching.
“It is important for the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to work toward equipping teachers with knowledge about the Global Goals and how they can be integrated in teaching. UNICEF and UNESCO have something like that; World Largest Lesson. The SDGs is indeed the largest lesson we can teach the children because eventually, whatever topic we teach in any subject can be related to the SDGs – whether the topic is in Science, History, Geography, Math or what have you; it can be related to the Goals. So how do we help the teachers to acquire the knowledge on how to integrate the SDGs in their teaching? That is what the Ministry and the GES should be working toward,” he noted.
Mr. Divine Kpe was earlier this year selected as one of the 225 TeachSDGs Ambassadors by the TeachSDGs Organization to create teachers’ awareness about the SDGs and the need to integrate them in their teaching. The 225 Ambassadors were drawn from different parts of the world with him as the only educator from Ghana.